Nouwen Then: Keep Unmasking
How do we get in touch with our chosenness when we are surrounded by rejections? This involves a real spiritual struggle.
First of all, you have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this.
Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved, from the chapter called "Taken"